Including Adult Learners in the National Broadband Research Agenda

Digital Promise

A critical step to realizing the full potential of technology for underserved adult learners, and by extension their families, involves looking more deeply into equity of access as well as why this population often has underutilized available broadband technology. Digital Promise partnered with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to write a response to the public call for comments to help frame the National Broadband Research Agenda.

Virginia State Project: Initial data analysis highlights broadband opportunities for divisions

Education Superhighway

This past spring, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a partnership between the state of Virginia and EducationSuperHighway to work toward ensuring that all Virginia public schools have equal and affordable access to broadband technology.

Arkansas Upgrades First District to High-Speed Broadband Network

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway partnered with the Arkansas Governor’s office and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) in August 2014 toward the goal of connecting all Arkansas students to high-speed broadband for digital learning.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. For school districts that lack adequate broadband, transparent, accurate data can be incredibly powerful. Machine Learning and Analysis.

Announcing the 2015 State of the States report on school broadband connectivity

Education Superhighway

In 2013, our SchoolSpeedTest analysis of K-12 broadband purchasing revealed only 30 percent of school districts nationwide met the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum Internet access goal of 100 kbps per student, leaving 40 million students without the broadband needed for digital learning.

2016 “State of the States” Report: Dramatic progress in connecting America’s K-12 students to high-speed broadband

Education Superhighway

Today marks the release of our second annual “State of the States” report on the state of broadband connectivity in the nation’s K-12 public schools. took bipartisan action to upgrade their schools in 2016 – with 5 states connecting 100 percent of their students to high-speed broadband. Broadband has become dramatically more affordable for schools, with the cost of Internet access falling 40 percent from $11.78 Not all school districts have access to affordable broadband.

Idaho’s virtual charter schools have a 20 percent grad rate

eSchool News

“This analysis provides the board direction to investigate strategies to help these low-graduating populations improve,” Soltman told the Legislature’s joint budget committee, kicking off a week of education budget hearings. McClatchy Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News Top News charter charter schools districts Education failure graduation graduation rate graduation rates help high school high school graduation rate high schools leaders news school

Funds For Learning Urges Public Commentary in 2018 E-rate Survey

techlearning

The Modernization Order that expanded federal E-rate funding to include broadband and internet services will expire in 2020. Individual responses are kept strictly confidential throughout the survey process and are only used for research and analysis.

Three actions that helped Darby School District go digital

Education Superhighway

Last May, EducationSuperHighway partnered with Darby School District to connect all students to high-speed broadband so they can take advantage of digital learning in school year 2017.

Three actions that helped Darby School District go digital

Education Superhighway

Last May, EducationSuperHighway partnered with Darby School District to connect all students to high-speed broadband so they can take advantage of digital learning in school year 2017.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that w ith access to more information and more data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets. As a result, m ore schools can upgrade their broadband networks and give their students equal access to countless digital learning opportunities. Machine Learning and Analysis. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

Q&A: Lea(R)n CEO Karl Rectanus on Lessons Learned From the Top 40 EdTech Tools

EdTech Magazine

With the ease of use, broadband availability, and rapid analysis visualizations , that has allowed teachers to start to make data-driven decisions about personalizing learning for an individual student or at the classroom level. .

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that with transparency in broadband speeds and pricing, school districts are empowered to grow their technology programs. Machine Learning and Analysis. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

Oregon school works with EducationSuperHighway to get 11x faster Internet speeds for students

Education Superhighway

Located on a large island in the middle of the Columbia River, Sauvie Island Academy faced several roadblocks to obtaining sufficient broadband speeds. Understand the Broadband Landscape.

Digital Equity: Investigating the Homework Gap

Graphite Blog

My goals for the work-study program were to find out: how innovative school districts and governments are undertaking digital-equity strategies that connect homes and locations outside of school to enable learning; new financial models that could be deployed to connect low-income families to broadband networks; and the importance of new partnerships with community foundations, governments, and nonprofits working with school systems to address digital inequities.

How EducationSuperHighway’s fiber program helps school districts identify affordable fiber solutions

Education Superhighway

And to not only seamlessly administer online tests but also enable digital learning in the classroom, schools need robust broadband. Educators know that with springtime comes state assessments and testing—something that more and more states are mandating to be completed online.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock announces partnership to connect every classroom in the state to high-speed Internet

Education Superhighway

The Office of the Governor and the Montana Office of Public Instruction have partnered with EducationSuperHighway to bring high-speed broadband to every school in Montana. In the coming weeks, EducationSuperHighway will work directly with school districts and other stakeholders to assess current broadband status across Montana. September 14, 2015.

Funds For Learning Urges Public Commentary in 2018 E-rate Survey

techlearning

April 25, 2018) – The Modernization Order that expanded federal E-rate funding to include broadband and internet services will expire in 2020. Individual responses are kept strictly confidential throughout the survey process and are only used for research and analysis.

Why we must address digital equity right now

eSchool News

billion more annually) in E-rate funding means that over the next few years, classroom connections will be broadband with robust wi-fi – an essential requirement for 21st century learning. Yet, many low-income families lack broadband access at home.

Department of Education Updates District Leaders

Leadership Lounge

The department stated that most of the funds from this program have been used for 1:1 programs, smartboards, technology updates, and broadband for rural districts. Staffers from the U.S.

9 Steps for Choosing a Device

Tom Murray

Assess and understand current infrastructure and broadband capabilities. Year after year, stories become public of districts that purchase a large number of devices without doing a thorough analysis of the district’s infrastructure or density study of their current wireless system, rendering devices almost un-useable. This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

Edsurge

Even more troublesome than the delays are flat-out denials, says Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit that advocates for improved broadband in schools. This year, there were 347 such requests—for about $440 million in new broadband construction—and only a small fraction have received responses so far. Many rejections come down to technicalities and minor discrepancies found in a battery of complicated paperwork, according to the same analysis.

Trying a different podcatcher: Stitcher

Bryan Alexander

That involved opening my laptop to the Digg Reader podcast folder, searching for each title (from Analysis to Wiretap ), and clicking a fat plus sign to include each one in what Stitcher calls my Favorites Playlist. We do have broadband at home, so I can charge up the phone over our home network’s WiFi. I’m trying an experiment this month. It’s part of my quest to improve how I find and listen to podcasts. ( Previous posts ).

What's on the Horizon (Still, Again, Always) for Ed-Tech

Hack Education

Those technologies that are supposedly “on the horizon” have long been the primary focus and selling point of the report; but in 2014, it expanded its analysis, identifying the trends that might drive the adoption of education technology.

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After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

Edsurge

Rather, it's centered in the popular E-Rate program, which has provided billions of dollars in broadband discounts and infrastructure upgrades to schools and libraries. According to Harrington’s analysis , 19 schools in Puerto Rico applied for additional funding for infrastructure repair, requesting around $150,000. Additionally, broadband cost per megabit is dropping across the board, and schools are receiving more bids from telecom providers, making pricing more competitive.

Help on your E-rate Form 471 Application – Webinar dates announced

Education Superhighway

After an initial analysis of early applications we are seeing a few common mistakes. For Category 1 broadband, in most cases, you will select “Digital Transmission Services” and specify the type of connection your district is procuring for that service. In light of recent changes to the E-rate program, we’re working to help ensure the accuracy of this year’s Category 1 applications.

“Tired of fighting that fight”: School districts’ uphill battle to get good deals on ed tech

The Hechinger Report

Efforts by the national nonprofit EducationSuperHighway to publicize how much districts pay for broadband have allowed many school systems to negotiate bandwidth deals to get greater capacity for a fraction of the cost.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students | Ars Technica → The role of the library in the digital age has grown thanks to cloud tools. This week, I introduced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.

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Bringing Tech to the Tundra: Educators Are Bridging the Technology Gap in Alaska

Edsurge

After conducting a survey in 2015, district leaders found that while a surprising number of students have access to broadband, the biggest obstacle to technological access rural students face is the lack of devices. That type of analysis will allow them to make the right moves going forward and continue expanding the program to meet the needs of their district.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Pacific Standard : “Why Is the FCC Considering Cutting Broadband Access for Students?” ” “A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” Via The 74 : “ Middle Schoolers Without Broadband Access Feel Set Up for Failure, New Survey Finds.”

From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

Edsurge

Equitable: An analysis by John Hansen and Justin Reich of U.S. Social and Cultural Forces Derail Good Intentions: A study by Vikki Katz and Carmen Gonzales of Connect2Compete, a broadband subsidy program, saw low uptake among the low-income families it was designed to serve because it didn’t take into account their local circumstances and concerns. In 2017, reality took a massive swipe at the wobbly optimism of technology progressives.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

Edsurge

2018 Edtech Funding Breakdown In this annual year-end analysis, EdSurge counts all venture investments in U.S. Continued improvements in school technology infrastructure, in particular the “penetration of broadband and digital devices,” says Rogers, is making it possible for “best-in-class digital solutions to win in the market.” For many U.S. cities and states, 2018 marked the wettest year on record.